The Outsiders

When I saw this in my People magazine a few weeks ago, I couldn’t believe 25 years had passed since this movie came out.  It was a favorite of mine as well as my boys.  I’d read the book years before the movie came out and both my boys read the book first. It was my little way of getting them to read a book.  They couldn’t see the movie until they read the book because I felt books were generally better than the movie.  They may say now they “faked” reading but I did my best to ask them questions that I thought were hard.

I feel reading is so important and without it in my life, I’m not sure what I would do.  If I only have half a dozen books on hand that I haven’t read, I start feeling nervous. Neither one of my kids read books now.  I wish they did.  It’s fun to read a book and talk to someone about it.  I remember when we would all read Stephen King together. We had so much fun talking about what we were reading.

If you’ve never seen this movie or read the book.  I highly recommend it.  If you’ve seen the movie, watch it again.  I did and I really enjoyed it.  These actors were all so young and so was I when I saw it the first time around.

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10 Responses to The Outsiders

  1. SanityFound says:

    Hmm never seen it, oks added to my list of to do’s!

  2. Just a Mom says:

    I read the book and saw the movie! I was in love with C. Thomas Howell!
    My daughter had to read the book in 7th grade and then I made her watch the movie, mainly so I would have a reason to watch it!

  3. Tessa says:

    never heard of it- I’ll try it!

  4. Tessa says:

    Patrick Swayze – I love him! He is so, so adorable. Dirty Dancing is one of my favorites!!

  5. Tessa says:

    Books get your imagination going-that’s why they can be so much more fun than movies! Eric and I have started to have a date night once a week (later it’ll be family night) and I also always wanted a reading night, so you’ve pushed me to do that! It is fun to discuss a book together! Eric and I have done it a few times. Keeps the brain going unlike watching movies/tv which takes very little thinking!!

  6. Joy says:

    I had to read this in school and so did Jason and Toby but by they time they had to read it, they already had. Both of my boys really enjoyed reading when they were young. I wonder if they “burnt” out on it because neither of them read now.

    I’m surprised you didn’t have to read this in school Tessa. You will just love it. If I were you, I’d read it first. This movie does follow the book very closely though. It’s also not a very long book.

  7. Tessa says:

    I’ll read it first then! I think boys aren’t usually into reading as much. Also, television is so addicting and becomes habit to just turn it on I think.

  8. Sue says:

    We didn’t read this in school and I haven’t seen the movie. I might have to pick that up!

  9. Joy says:

    I have it Sue. I know Toby will want to watch it again.

  10. mrC says:

    Read the book. Skip the cheesy movie. Ok, it’s cool to see Patrick Swayze (Darry) and Tom Cruise (Steve), and the luscious Diane Lane (Cherry), when t hey were young, but the book is so much better. Written by a 16 year old after she saw her friend get beat up because of his hair, my seventh graders are enthralled from the first chapter. In fact, I don’t even let them take it home, so I can work the suspense. If you have teenagers who say they don’t like reading, go get this book.

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